The Art of Mentoring: How to get out of your niche

The Art of Mentoring: How to get out of your niche
Organizers: Jennifer H. Doherty, dohertyj@sas.upenn.edu; Christopher Beck, Erin Vinson
Monday, August 4, 2008; 11:30 AM-1:15 PM; 202 A, Midwest Airlines Center

Description: Engaging in a mentoring partnership is considered a critical component for professional success. Interviews with successful professionals reveal that the guidance and support they received from mentors made an important difference in their careers. In many instances there are not enough mentors for women or minorities during their formative years as graduate students and post-docs. For example, in 2006 the Women and Minorities in Ecology Committee reports "the percentage of female tenure track faculty in the biological sciences was only 20.2% in FY 2002, whereas the percentage of female B.S. recipients in biology in 2001 was 59.7%, inevitably resulting in a dearth of female role models and mentors." Perhaps more compelling, women Ph.D. students of color will likely never encounter a minority female faculty member in her field (http://www.esa.org/teaching_learning/pdfDocs/wamieReport2006.pdf).